Friday 14th May 2021 7.30pm / Main House


*Original tickets for Saturday 20th June 2020 will remain valid for Friday 14th May 2021 should you still wish to attend.*

Hadaway Harry is a true story about Harry Clasper, the man the Blaydon Races was written for, and the greatest sporting superstar the North East has ever seen. This is a moving and humorous story about his life in the mid 19th Century, following his journey from working class pitman in Jarrow, to Rowing Champion of the World.
In the mid 1800s rowing was more popular than football is today. Rowers could win up to £300 per race, which is the equivalent of approximately £36,000 today. When Harry Clasper died, 150,000 people lined the streets of Newcastle to pay their respects at his funeral.
This is a one man show, starring actor Jamie Brown, who won “Performing Artist of
the Year” for his role as Hadaway Harry in 2016, and now returns to the part for the
third time

Performance Dates and Times

Friday 14th May 2021

Full Price: £16.00 (Premier seating available for an additional £1.00 per ticket)

Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes (including interval)

Cast & Creatives

Hadaway Harry opened at the North East Maritime Trust boat house in 2015, and continued on a small scale North East tour. It then returned due to popular demand in 2017, but this time it travelled down to the Capital. Three performances took place at London Rowing Club in Putney, where it received standing ovations. Hadaway Harry then travelled back up to home turf and played three more performances at Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

Your Visit

We look forward to your visit!

We recommend you arrive in good time to collect any tickets – the Box Office will be open for 1 hour prior to any evening events in addition to daytime opening hours.

Parking is located to the rear of the Playhouse in the public car parks. Parking discs are required to be displayed until 6pm and are available from the Visitor Information Centre located within the Playhouse building. Please check individual car park signs for any time restrictions.

Grab a bite to eat at McKenna’s or why not relax and enjoy a drink in our Playhouse Bar? The bar will be open Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-10.30pm and serves an extensive range of drinks including draught and local bottled beers, wines, a specialist gin list and cocktails.